Design Popup:
Traveling Without Bags

BY: BRITTAIN STONE MAY 10TH, 2018

On May 1st, New Zealand brand Resident opened the doors on its first independent show in New York City and launched its latest collection of furniture and lighting.

“Travelling Without Bags” is a 3,000-square-foot installation at 39 Spring Street, Nolita, designed as a series of beautifully curated rooms by emerging New Zealand interior architect Rufus Knight.

Resident’s design sensibility is marked by common materiality, clean-lined aesthetics and visible craftsmanship.

New Zealand has a different approach to design because, in a lot of ways, we’re outsiders.

“New Zealand has a different approach to design because in a lot of ways, we’re outsiders,” says Simon James, Resident’s creative director. “Working outside the established centres has freed us to try things other studios might not consider, and forge our own path with a family of similarly aligned, independent designers. This results in a line of products that James deems ‘iconic, practical and dependable.’”

“We’ve always had our eye on New York, and having shown previously at INTRO/NY and the ICFF, we’re taking the next step with an ambitious solo show that will introduce the full range of Resident furniture and lighting, in a space designed by another rising star from our part of the world, in a city known for its flourishing contemporary design scene.”

How did they find such a remarkable space? Says James, “we spent the best part of November, December and half of January searching the web for available properties for short-term lease in Manhattan. It turns out that at this moment there are a lot of empty spaces in the desired neighbourhoods, namely Soho, NoHo, Nolita and Tribeca.’

“For Resident, 39 Spring Street was the only the only space that we really loved. It features extra high stud, character brickwork in the back section, natural light throughout, white gallery like walls in the front section and floor to ceiling windows looking on to the street - the perfect combination. Everything else we looked at paled in comparison.The process of acquiring the space was unpredictable and frustrating at times but after a lot of negotiating we managed to get a contract.”

Brick & Wonder members Nora Wolf and Sam Eichblatt have been working alongside Resident’s James to develop the brand’s media strategy and PR campaign, building on its established relationship with the local design community and its distributors, Design Within Reach and Matter.

The gallery will be open to the public, media and trade from 1 — 31 May, hosting events including a panel discussion on May 19th with three of its key designers; product designer Jamie McLellan of Allbirds; Nat Cheshire (designer of the Eyrie Cabins) and 2018 Wallpaper* Designer of the Year, Philippe Malouin.


Resident would like to extend an invitation to the panel discussion on May 19th to Brick & Wonder readers and community members:

Philippe Malouin, Jamie McLellan and Nat Cheshire in conversation, moderated by Sam Eichblatt.

4:30pm, Saturday May 19

Resident Showroom: 39 Spring Street New York, 10012

The gallery is open 11am — 7pm, Monday through Sunday. If you are interested in scheduling a personal walk-through, please contact francesca@resident.co.nz